Weird beetle or ant I have never seen before
Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 1:31 PM
We were vacationing in the mountains of North Carolina and found this beetle looking thing. It was very fast and we found it on 2 different occasions during the same trip. Both were around 11:00 am or so. If you can’t help identify that is ok, I was just really curious what it might have been is all.
Jamie of Michigan
Franklin, North Carolina
Your discovery is known as a Cow Killer because of its painful sting. Cow Killers, Dasymutilla occidentalis, are a species of Velvet Ant and Velvet Ants are actually flightless female wasps.